50 Excellent Photography-Related Tutorials

Oct 10 2010 by Tomas Laurinavicius | 23 Comments

With the advent of affordable digital cameras and photo-editing software such as Photoshop, what used to be an expensive profession is more and more accessible to casual individuals.

There are many tutorials and guides on the web to help you become a photography master. This is a collection of 50 of the best tutorials and guides we could find for helping you capture better digital photos.

1. How to Capture Stunning Fine Art Landscape Photographs

How to Capture Stunning Fine Art Landscape Photographs

Learn how to compose beautiful monochromatic landscape photos through this easy-to-follow guide.

2. Photoshop Quick Tips: Light Leaks in Photography (Video)

Photoshop Quick Tips: Light Leaks in Photography (Video)

Process your photos to have a vintage-style appearance with the aid of this Photoshop tutorial video found on Abduzeedo.

3. HDR Explained

HDR Explained

HDR is a popular photo technique. If you’re interested in this genre, take a look at this quick start informational tutorial on HDR.

4. Overprocessing in Photography

verprocessing in Photography

This tutorial aims to teach readers how to mimic photo-processing techniques inspired by popular photographer, Dave Hill.

5. Street Photography Explained

Street Photography Explained

Nothing comes close to the unpredictability of taking photos in urban landscapes. This guide shares tips and basics for great street photography.

6. Hand Colouring a Black and White Photo in Photoshop

Hand Coloring a Black and White Photo in Photoshop

It’s quite simple to convert full-color photos to black and white, but how do you go in the other direction? Check out this Photoshop tutorial to find out.

7. Self Portrait Photography Guide

Self Portrait Photography Guide

Photographers often spend their time at the opposite side of the lens. If you want to make yourself your subject, this guide shares some useful tips for snapping self-photos.

8. Action Photography – The Tips You Should Use

Action Photography - The Tips You Should Use

This photography guide goes over tips, techniques and tricks for capturing dynamic subjects with your camera.

9. Water Photography the Easy Way

Water Photography the Easy Way

How do you capture water beautifully? This guide offers suggestions and techniques for taking photos of water.

10. Create a Colorful Portrait with Easy Lighting Effects

Create a Colorful Portrait with Easy Lighting Effects

Spice up your ordinary photos by infusing interesting light effects into them. Learn how to do this through this easy-to-follow Photoshop tutorial.

11. Capturing The Smoke – Amazing Smoke Photography Tutorial

Capturing The Smoke – Amazing Smoke Photography Tutorial

Ever wondered how you could effectively take pictures of smoke? Learn how to set up a stage that will allow you to take beautiful photographs of smoke.

12. Desaturated Film Style Photos

Desaturated Film Style Photos

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will discover a method for processing your images to give them a desaturated and trendy appearance.

13. How to Create HDR Photos

How to Create HDR Photos

This is a tutorial on how to make high dynamic range (HDR)-style images using Photomatix, a popular HDR software.

14. Retouching a Studio Portrait

Retouching a Studio Portrait

Often, we need to retouch photos even if they are taken in professional studio settings. Learn basic techniques for correcting photos through this Photoshop tutorial.

15. A Guide to Nightclub Photography

A Guide to Nightclub Photography

In event photography, nothing is as tricky to cover as nightclubs. Here are a few tips to help you take great photographs in bars and nightclub scenes.

16. How to Make Your Twins

How to Make Your Twins

Have fun with photographs by learning how to compose photos that make it look like you have a twin sibling.

17. Edgy Style Photo Treatment

Edgy Style Photo Treatment

In this quick and easy Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to give your photos a dark and mysterious appearance.

18. How to Create an Atmospheric Car Portrait

How to Create an Atmospheric Car Portrait

Learn how to take stunning photos of cars in this excellent tutorial that goes over the preparation, suggested equipment, and more.

19. How to Photograph Comets

How to Photograph Comets

Comets are rare and wonderful things. Make sure you don’t fudge up that sometimes once-in-a-lifetime event by learning the basics of photographing comets.

20. How To Photograph Wakeboarders & Waterskiing

How To Photograph Wakeboarders & Waterskiing

Water, rapid movement, loud noises: taking photos of water sports is a tough gig. This basic guide shares tips for effective photography of water sports.

21. 5 Second Eye Enhancement

5 Second Eye Enhancement

Learn to retouch the eyes of your photo’s subject quickly and effortlessly by reading through this awesome Photoshop tutorial.

22. Photographing Buildings – A Guide

Photographing Buildings – A Guide

There’s an art and science to capturing buildings in photos. For inspiration, check out this guide.

23. Dual View Photo Editing in Photoshop

Dual View Photo Editing in Photoshop

This tutorial promotes the use of a dual-view workspace set up for efficient editing of images inside of Photoshop.

24. Color Blending Collection I

Color Blending Collection I

This is a particular post-processing technique for blending colors into photos to make them look more interesting.

25. Infrared Photography Technique

Infrared Photography Technique

Infrared photography is a post-processing technique for giving images interesting — and often unpredictable — effects. Learn all about it through this guide.

26. Changing Hair Color

Changing Hair Color

Photoshop’s Brush Tool and the Soft Light blend mode are utilized in this technique to change a person’s hair color.

27. Local Contrast

Local Contrast

This tutorial shares a method for utilizing Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask filter to enhance the contrast of certain parts of a photo.

28. Retouch a Girl with Lighting Focus

Retouch a Girl with Lighting Focus

This tutorial goes over retouching techniques, paying attention to accurate lighting considerations when photo-manipulating images.

29. Selecting & Extracting Hair

Selecting & Extracting Hair

The most difficult part of selecting subjects in Photoshop — to isolate and superimpose them into another photo, for example — is the hair. This is a technique to help you better select hair.

30. How to Fake Reflections in Photoshop

How to Fake Reflections in Photoshop

Want to add a digitally-placed reflection in a photo? This Photoshop tutorial uses layer duplication, quick masking and the Gradient tool to get the job done.

31. Make Up a Girl

Make Up a Girl

Give a subject’s face an appearance of having make-up in this Photoshop tutorial that involves Curves adjustment and the Gaussian Blur filter.

32. Basic Exposure Blending in Photoshop

Basic Exposure Blending in Photoshop

Using layer blending and tweaking exposure can result in better images. This Photoshop tutorial walks you through a cool process of photo blending.

33. How to Create a Serene Panorama from Multiple Photographs

How to Create a Serene Panorama from Multiple Photographs

Learn how to piece together a beautiful panorama using multiple photographs in this tutorial on Psdtuts+.

34. Use Photoshop to Turn Day into Dusk

Use Photoshop to Turn Day into Dusk

Realistically fake evening shots by following along this excellent Photoshop tutorial on how to convert day photos to look as if you took them just before nighttime.

35. Wedding Photography Explained

Wedding Photography Explained

This wonderful guide goes over tips and techniques for taking professional-level photos at weddings.

36. Add a Realistic Rainbow to a Photo in Photoshop

dd a Realistic Rainbow to a Photo in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial will instruct you on how to add a rainbow into a photo with the use of the Gradient tool and the Screen blending mode.

37. Devil’s Eye

Devil's Eye

Learn how to process eyes to look dark and eerie with the help of the Burn tool, the Brush tool, and blending modes in Photoshop via this tutorial.

38. Add Dynamic Lighting to a Flat Photograph

Add Dynamic Lighting to a Flat Photograph

Learn how to create a surreal scene that incorporates dynamic lighting by studying this Photoshop tutorial.

39. How to Smooth Skin without Losing Texture in Photoshop

How to Smooth Skin without Losing Texture in Photoshop

Learn how to realistically smoothen the skin of your subject with the help of blending modes, image adjustments, and more by reading this Photoshop tutorial.

40. Remove a Person from a Photo with Photoshop CS5

Remove a Person from a Photo with Photoshop CS5

Photoshop’s Content Aware feature is full of awesomeness. One way to use it is to remove a person from an image; this tutorial will walk you through the process.

41. Glisten in the Sunshine

Glisten in the Sunshine

This Photoshop tutorial will cover how to give your photographs that popular "Bokeh" photography effect, among other techniques.

42. How to Use Lines in Photography Compositions

How to Use Lines in Photography Compositions

Effective knowledge of photocompositions involves the use of lines in the scene in question. This guide will discuss the usefulness of lines for better shots.

43. How to Capture Really Sharp Photos

How to Capture Really Sharp Photos

If you’re having a hard time taking photos that aren’t blurry, it might be best to read this guide on how to take crisp photos.

44. Look More Muscular

Look More Muscular

You can beef up your photo subjects with the Liquify filter in Photoshop; discover how in this step-by-step tutorial.

45. Tilt Shifting Miniature Photography with Photoshop

Tilt Shifting Miniature Photography with Photoshop

Tilt-shift photography is a popular style of photography that simulates miniature scenes. This tutorial utilizes Photoshop to mimic the effect produced by tilt-shift lenses.

46. Color Correction Basics in Photoshop

Color Correction Basics in Photoshop

An important part of photo-processing is the ability to enhance and correct the colors of a digital image. This guide will go over the basic tools on color correction in Photoshop.

47. Infrared Photography: Tips on How to Get Started

Infrared Photography: Tips on How to Get Started

This multi-part guide discusses the hardware, techniques and tricks for capturing beautiful infrared photos.

48. 13 Steps for Shooting the Perfect Water Droplet

13 Steps for Shooting the Perfect Water Droplet

This tutorial on Phototuts+ shares tips, tricks and techniques for capturing water droplets with your camera.

49. How to Create a Radical Photo Sequence

How to Create a Radical Photo Sequence

Learn how to take those stylish and dynamic photo sequence shots with the use of "Burst Mode" capabilities found in many digital cameras, and Photoshop to compose the image.

50. How to Shoot a Sequence Photo

How to Shoot a Sequence Photo

This 3-minute video tutorial goes over tips and techniques for capturing professional-level sequence photos.

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Tomas Laurinavičius is a blogger and designer from Lithuania who’s currently studying Multimedia Design & Communication in Denmark. Check his work at his personal portfolio site and follow him on Twitter.

23 Comments

Rob

October 10th, 2010

This article is too light. I need at least 100 tutorials, nay, 1000 articles! How would one become good at anything without them?!!! Otherwise, what would I do with my spare time?

Sachin

October 10th, 2010

thanks for these…..i was looking for… “How to Shoot a Sequence Photo”…and its great…awesome..

Kaushik

October 10th, 2010

Great roundup, but instead of a mixed bag it be more helpful if you categorize them. Say, tutorials on lighting, on photo processing, on technique and so on.

Vivoo Creative

October 10th, 2010

This is a brilliant article! I agree with categorizing though

Scott

October 10th, 2010

Good collection, I’m gonna have a go at the multiple image panorama sometime.

Andreas KArlsson

October 10th, 2010

For once a really useful list of tutorials and tips (without too much duplicate content=) ). Covers a vast field of techniques so there should be something for everyone.

Thanks!

Gabriele Maidecchi

October 10th, 2010

Wow, it’s gonna take me ages to go through all of them but… AMAZING list! Thanks a lot

FreePhotoResources

October 10th, 2010

Hey, thanks for linking to so many of my tutorials!! ;0)

Ryan

October 10th, 2010

Great collection, I will definitely have to try some of these out. Thanks!

Johnny

October 10th, 2010

Wonderful. Now all I need is a good camera ;D

Madeline

October 10th, 2010

These are great! I am a web/graphic designer and getting into photography. I will def look through these tuts and try them.

amibe

October 11th, 2010

thank you

Curtis Scott

October 11th, 2010

Great collection Tomas! Thanks for bringing all these together in one place. There are definitely more than a hand full of them I’ve bookmarked for later use.

Aven

October 11th, 2010

Thanks! I cannot wait to get started on these

Jenny

October 12th, 2010

Thanks for listing one of my tutorials here :). Good list and great site. Keep up the amazing job :)

TunisDesign

October 12th, 2010

Cool tutorials. If photography is your life … you have to try some of them :)

Andy Colclough

October 14th, 2010

These are great, I’ve always wanted to know how to Photoshop the background of a portrait and blending the hair into it. This has shown me.

I also read the club photography one. Its going to take a while to get through them all. But incredibly useful thanks!

Does anyone know of a cheap place to buy camera equipment? I’m looking for a cheap star burst filter.

Thanks

Patrik Smit

October 20th, 2010

Wow great collections.I love it.Thanks for sharing it.

benedetta.s

November 4th, 2010

Really awesome list! thank you very much for sharing.

Juan Jose Marquez

January 12th, 2011

Thank you, this is a cool collection of tutorials, regards.

Giovanna

February 5th, 2011

thanks for these they are wonderful!

aca

November 16th, 2011

Christine is a taking photography classes and she wants to make good grades in it so she can receive her photography diploma. She just started classes and already has a digital camera. If you are the teacher, what would be some basic or adept photography tips would you tell to Christine

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